Urban Farming: Chicken Coop for Your Balcony

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Our Thursday green news brings you the latest on green architecture, climate change, energy and communities:urban chicken coop, urban farming

  • Urban chicken coop for your balcony: The HØNS urban chicken coop designed by Danish traveller-designer Anker Bak is based on a do-it-yourself puzzle idea. It can easily be constructed with a handful of bolts, O-rings and a string in just two hours. The idea comes from a need to have a space-saving structure for a chicken that could be placed on a city balcony or a terrace, where the chicken can live out-of-doors while providing its caretakers with fresh eggs, and children with interaction with a chicken. While urban farming is enjoying a much-needed renaissance nowadays, owning a chicken coop in cities is regulated locally, so before you opt for such endeavor, check with your local authorities first.
  • Contaminated mines turned into solar mega-farms: There are countless contaminated former industrial sites and various degraded lands that pose a new opportunity for developers of large-scale solar power farms instead of ecologically sensitive and pristine nature sites. For example, Arizona startup company Green Energy Storage aims to transform an abandoned open-pit copper mine 45 miles south of Phoenix into a large-scale solar power and pumped-hydro storage facility. Although it’s still in the early development stage, this project could become a model for a conflict-free Big Solar.
  • Wyoming refuses to teach about climate change: Athough the Next Generation Science Standards are currently being implemented in most states around the U.S., the state of Wyoming is the first to shut them down. Wyoming politicians decided to tack a denial of the science standards on an education budgetary bill, therefore teachers and educational experts can’t-even formally-discuss the merits of the national standards and the quality of science education in Wyoming public schools is at risk. While 99.9% of scientists worldwide agree that climate change is real and happening and discussing its existence in a science classroom should be a perfectly acceptable, for some lawmakers, the increasingly non-debatable subject of climate change is still being debated.
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